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Victorian Factsheet on Homeschooling Makes Poor Assumptions

There are a number of interesting facts and comments on the Victorian factsheet on homeschooling which was released on 13 February 2018. The Victorian Government Makes Poor Assumptions The article attributes the 19% growth in homeschooling in 2017  to the growth in...

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Research: Homeschooling Numbers Boom in Australia in 2017

Homeschooling numbers grew strongly in every state of Australia in 2017 with a national growth rate of 12%. Research shows homeschooling continues to boom in Australia in 2017 The state with the fastest growth rate for 2017 was Victoria with 19%.  Queensland has had...

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What Kind of Social Skills Do They Learn at School?

All home educators have heard the question, “How will they learn social skills if if they don’t go to school?” This assumes that children will learn social skills at school.  While I do not disagree with that assumption, the question arises, ‘What kind of social...

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Bullying by Girls Makes Homeschooling a Necessity

I was recently contacted by a reporter from a major Australian newspaper about the rise in homeschooling due to bullying.   The biggest reason parents cite for pulling their children out of school is bullying behaviour. When I looked at the enrolment statistics of...

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Home Education is Not Expensive

Research has shown that while cheaper than Sydney, sending children to school in other parts of Australia is still expensive.   There are transport and uniform costs, books, as well as stationary and excursions.  Click here to see an article from the West Australian....

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Paper is better than a Computer Screen

A few years ago the newest educational fad was for all students to have a laptop and spend most of the day online.  Many schools are now backing away from this approach. There were problems with students wasting time sending messages to each other and visiting...

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You are Very Brave to Homeschool!

Many home educators have heard this comment by concerned friends and relations. The implication of course, is that you are almost reckless to attempt, what only a vast array of trained professionals can do with the resources of a school with science laboratories,...

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You are Brave to Send Your Child to School

In my previous post I agreed that it took courage for parents to step out against the grain and home educate their children. Similarly, I propose that it takes just as much (if not more) courage to send your child to school. When your children are at home, you as the...

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Can I homeschool with one child?

I am often asked, "Can I homeschool with only one child?" My immediate answer  is absolutely! Yes, you can! When I am asked about our experience, and I say that we had five children, I also say that when the oldest four had finished homeschooling we were still...

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What Does the Research Say?

I had the privilege of hearing this presentation by Dr Brian Ray at the Global Home Education Conference in Berlin in 2012. As the number of home educated students exceeds two million in the USA, the research mostly comes from North America. While...

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The Romeike Family Can Stay

Last week the US Department of Homeland security said that Romeike family will not be deported back to Germany. I  have been following and praying for the Romeike family who were seeking asylum in the US after fleeing the repressive legislation against home educators...

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What Schools Do Not Measure

Schools spend lots of time measuring academics and attendance rates of students, but spend little, if any, in measuring such things as character development, social skills and emotional health. It is not surprising that schools do not want to measure how well they are...

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Reasons parents give for homeschooling

Why do parents choose to home educate their children? Choosing to home school is a major undertaking. Parents do not change schools lightly nor do they make the decision to home educate without considering the impact that it will have on their family, practically and...

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Benefits of A.C.E. and homeschooling

  Accelerated Christian Education (A.C.E.) A Short Overview By Floyd Risser and Stuart Chapman There are some who are unsure about A.C.E. and its effectiveness as an education program as it looks very different from the traditional school model. The following is a...

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